Father-and-son team Gert and Pieter Jordaan from the Aberdeen district were honoured recently by Mohair Growers South Africa.
At the Miyuki Keori function held at the Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet last month, the Jordaans received the prestigious Champion Winter Clip award for 2018. The Miyuki awards are seen by many farmers as the pinnacle of achievement, as they recognise compliance with industry sustainability as well as accuracy of classing and marking.
This is not their only accolade in recent years: in 2017 they won the Daidoh Trophy for the farmers with the highest average price for their summer kid mohair clip.
Gert has been farming on Nuwerust for 37 years, and is the third generation on a farm which has been in the family since the 1930s. Pieter studied at Grootfontein Agricultural College after leaving school, and worked for CMW wool brokers for three years before joining his father nine years ago.
They have about 2 000 Angora goats and about 1 700 merino sheep on their three farms, which cover about 10 000 hectares.
When asked about the secret of their success, the clear answer from both father and son was dedication. “This starts from the beginning,” explained Pieter, who along with most farmers, spends many nights out in the cold when the goats are kidding. Good genetics are also very important, and the Jordaans are registered stud farmers. Gert also stressed the vital importance of the preparation of the clip and its classing.
“We also have committed and experienced staff members, who take pride in their work,” said Pieter. “Some of the men have been working on the farm since I was a boy”.